Hello friends, just got back from the livestream gathering and I ought I’d throw a couple of things out there while they were fresh in my mind:
- The group, about 35 people or so, was somewhat older, generally reserved, and a lot of them obviously knew each other (more about that later).
- We all seemed to enjoy seeing Bernie again and were sad to see him leave the stage.
- As quiet and attentive as everyone was, you could hear the faintest of moans when Bernie said that he couldn’t lead the effort because of being in the Senate. And ditto when Bernie announced that it would be Jeff Weaver leading the effort instead.
- Ultimately I got the impression that people were stoic, and decided that they’d keep doing the best they could to help elect progressives just as they’ve been doing for many years (as it turned out). I felt a quiet commitment to carry on, and everyone was invited to a weekly Saturday morning meetup that a good many of them did every week. Also, we were reminded that the weekly peace vigil at the local War Memorial always follows the breakfast meetup. These were not people who are going to give up easily.
I was there by myself and didn’t know anyone, but the fellow next to me couldn’t help whispering in my ear a lot. He wasn’t happy about Weaver and complained about Weaver using campaign $ for tv ads in CA leading up that that primary, which my new friend thought was dumb, and when Bernie listed a few endorsements, he whispered, “Why no mention of Canova?”.
It took seeing this tweet to realize that Bernie had not, in fact, talked about voting for Democrats, per se, it was all about Progressives:
— Rob Couture (@couturerob) August 25, 2016
There’s obviously a ton left to do with this new effort, though. The people at my gathering were hungry for names! They wanted to learn who was ‘on the list’ so they could focus their energies. There was a little bit of impatience, but I think that most are giving benefit of the doubt for now. For now.
I hope that this opportunity to coalesce doesn’t pass us by. At the very least I think that the financial matters need to be right out there in the open. People don’t seem to trust Jeff Weaver, deservedly or not, so many of those who might consider donating will want to know how much money Weaver will be making with this gig, and people will want to know where any large donations are coming from.
And it remains to be seen where this thing is headed as an organization. Jeff Weaver is no figurehead, I guess he handles the media ok. And the young guy, what’s his name..gimme a sec, oh forget it, it’s late and I can’t find it, he wasn’t very charismatic to say the least. There’s Larry Cohen, Bernie said he’d be involved too, right? But he seems to be a behind-the-scenes guy. Speaking of guys, am thinking we need an energetic woman lighting the place up.
Lastly, Nina energized the room every time she appeared. And the gathering erupted in applause when Bernie said Zephyr Teachout’s name. 🙂
Please add any and all thoughts on this event, or anything else for that matter! What was your take?